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Krolicki says he won’t run for Harry Reid’s Senate seat

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, then running for president, is introduced in 2008 by Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, who ran the senator’s campaign in Nevada. Krolicki says McCain is one of the politicians “both in the state and out of the state” encouraging him to challenge Reid.

Updated Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 | 3:37 p.m.

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CARSON CITY -- First term Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki says he won't run for the U.S. Senate to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Krolicki, a two-term state treasurer, said he will be seeking a second term as lieutenant governor.

The first-term Republican lieutenant governor had said he was giving the Senate race serious consideration after receiving encouragement from Washington insiders, including Ariz. Sen John McCain.

Republicans in Washington are afraid the current crop of GOP challengers to Reid is second-tier.

The challengers currently include former state Sen. Sue Lowden, former UNLV basketball star Danny Tarkanian and former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle.

Krolicki was once viewed as a tarnished candidate after being indicted on charges of misusing his office funding as state treasurer to run an ad campaign that featured him. But the indictment was dismissed, and grass-roots Republicans rallied around him and accused the prosecutor, Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, of conducting a partisan investigation.

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